Previously, we shared 5 easy ways to find balance and prevent age-related falls.
Because, we have to face facts—no matter how active and aware you are, your balance decreases with age.
This means that, sooner or later, you’re going to stumble. When you do, the key to avoiding injury is make sure that your body can more readily withstand it.
And that means developing strong muscles and bones.
But before we tell you how to strengthen your bones, it's important to understand why your bones are getting weaker, to begin with.
From bendy to brittle
Babies are amazing creatures. They take falls all the time, and—aside from a little crying at the surprise—bad things rarely happen.
That’s partially because babies are so light, so they impact with less force.
But babies also have very supple, flexible bones. At a young age, bones are closer to cartilage than to what we think of as calcified sticks.
As we age, bones first lose their flexibility before eventually losing their density.
In the worst case—with osteoporosis—bone density becomes so thin that very small impacts can cause very big breaks.
And here is where the real danger lies.
Beware the calcium cure-all
In “Death By Calcium,” Dr. Thomas Levy posits that the problem with bones as we age isn’t the amount of calcium we have, but how our body is using that calcium.
He has found that, at least in some cases, osteoporosis sufferers and others with low bone density have plenty of calcium in their bodies.
The problem is the calcium isn’t getting to the bones. Consequently, supplementing with calcium doesn’t do nearly as much good as previously thought.
Worse, too much calcium can actually lead to a number of adverse side affects—including a 250% increase in mortality from all causes.
Believe it or not, Vitamin D plays a more important role than calcium, as it is responsible for telling the body how to use the calcium it has.
However, vitamin D can increase the amount of calcium taken up in the blood, the organs, and all the other systems of the body—in addition to bones.
In short, calcium and Vitamin D are important to bone health. But like Goldilocks, you need to make sure that the amount you’re getting is just right.
So how do you strike an ideal balance? We recommend calcium from natural sources…and interestingly enough, algae is among the best.
5 ways to protect your bones against a fall
1) Take a natural calcium supplement, with Vitamin D and magnesium.
2) Take a strontium supplement as well.
3) Do plenty of resistance training.
4) Think more sets of less reps when exercising.
5) Give Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMF) a try.
Stronger Bones Protect You as You Age
If you are worried about your bones, we highly recommend you find a doctor with a PEMF mat that can treat you.
But even without PEMF, with the proper supplements, exercise, and attention, your bones can grow stronger even as you age.
As balance becomes a greater issue every year, that’s a very powerful thing.
Take good care.
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Last Updated: December 2, 2020
Originally Published: March 11, 2016